Dom selected in England squad

Somerset spinner Dom Bess has been selected in the England squad for the two match Test series against Pakistan.

The 20-year-old, who hails from Sidmouth, attended Blundells School and played through the Devon age groups before joining the Somerset Academy. After graduating in 2015, Dom spent that winter at the Darren Lehmann Academy in Adelaide.

At the start of the 2016 season he enjoyed considerable success playing Minor Counties cricket for Devon and also for Somerset 2nd XI. As a result of this Dom made his First Class debut against Pakistan.

Dom announced his arrival on the professional scene when he took six for 28 on his County Championship debut against Warwickshire towards the end of the 2016 season. He then followed that up with five for 43 against Nottinghamshire.

Dom has featured in 16 First Class matches, taking 63 wickets at an average of 22.49 and an economy rate of 2.96.

He is also a more than useful batsman and scored his maiden First Class century for the MCC against Essex at Bridgetown in March. He also made his highest score for Somerset in the recent Specsavers County Championship match against Hampshire when he contributed 92 to his sides first innings total of 506.

Commenting on the selection of Dom, National Selector Ed Smith, said: “Dom Bess has made an excellent start to his First Class career. He has impressed everyone with his performances for Somerset and when he has been given opportunities with England representative teams. With Jack Leach missing out due to injury, the selection panel wanted to invest opportunity in a young spin bowler. Dom’s strong form, character and all-round abilities presented a compelling case for selection.”

The squad in full is:

Joe Root (Yorkshire) captain

Jimmy Anderson (Lancashire)

Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire) wicketkeeper

Dom Bess (Somerset)

Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)

Jos Buttler (Lancashire)

Alastair Cook (Essex)

Dawid Malan (Middlesex)

Ben Stokes (Durham)

Mark Stoneman (Surrey)

Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)

Mark Wood (Durham)

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